General policy model
The short-term average earnings are the worker’s earnings from the accident employer and all other employment at the time of the injury. Loss of earnings (LOE) benefits are paid for the first 12-weeks following the injury based on the short-term average earnings. (See 18-02-02, Determining Short-term Average Earnings.)
If the worker was in permanent employment at the time of injury, a recalculation to long-term average earnings is not required unless it is not fair to continue paying LOE benefits based on the short-term average earnings. If a recalculation is required, the recalculation period is the 12-month period prior to the injury, subject to a break in the employment pattern. (See 18-02-03, Determining Long-term Average Earnings - Workers in Permanent Employment.)
If the worker was in non-permanent employment at the time of injury, a recalculation to long-term average earnings is automatically conducted. The recalculation period is the 24-month period prior to the injury, subject to a break in the employment pattern. (See 18-02-04, Determining Long-term Average Earnings - Workers in Non-permanent Employment.)
Following a recalculation, the worker’s long-term average earnings are used to pay LOE benefits from the 13th week of the claim.
This document replaces 18-02-01 dated December 1, 2002.
Short-term Average Earnings
|Calculating Net Average Earnings,
|Average earnings are the earnings from all employment at the time of injury.||
Average earnings are the higher of the
The WSIB determines the amount of the workers net average earnings by deducting from the worker's earnings
Refer to 18-02-08, to calculate average earnings for workers who are considered